by Will Overton
There is something that is just nostalgic and a whole lot of fun about daytime baseball. Unfortunately working during the day makes it hard to keep track of so many games and so much fantasy baseball goodness. Luckily, we got your back at RotoProfessor! We’re breaking down the top 10 stories of the day and their fantasy impact, so let’s get to it:
1) Mookie Betts Has a Career Day with Three HR’s
It’s been a great start to the season for Mookie Betts, and it got a whole lot better yesterday. Betts went 4 – 4 yesterday with three solo HR’s against the Kansas City Royals. Betts just returned to the lineup on Tuesday after missing three games with a sore hamstring and clearly that hamstring is no longer an issue. Betts is now sporting a .365 average, with an AL best 11 HR’s and 32 runs scored. Betts took a step back last year, but he has stepped back up and taken his game to another level than ever before now.
2) Despite Taking Another Loss, Marcus Stroman Shows Signs of Life Finally
The Blue Jays offense just couldn’t get anything going last night, but for the first time this season Marcus Stroman turned in a quality start, and that is at least some kind of good news. Stroman went seven innings and allowed just two runs, striking out five and walking one. The outing brings his ERA down to 7.52 now and now that he has a quality start under his belt he can work on getting his first win. I do think things even out for Stroman, so if you want to buy low do it now, but I also am not sure his surprising K rate will continue either so keep that in mind.
3) Another Quality Start Turned in by Michael Fulmer
For the third straight outing, Michael Fulmer turned in a quality start and continues to be a bright spot for the lowly Tigers. Fulmer finished with a line of 6 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 BB and 5 K. Fulmer has now allowed just four runs in his last 19 innings over three starts with 18 K’s and just 4 BB. Fulmer has yet to get a decision in any of those three games though with limited run support. Fulmer isn’t elite and I’m not sure if he’ll be get there, but he is a very solid starter who should be owned in all leagues, and currently is available in about 20% of them.
4) The Second Hitter of the Day to do it, Edwin Encarnacion Hits Three Bombs
Two guys going deep three times in the same day is certainly a rare occasion, but Edwin Encarnacion doing it isn’t a huge surprise. Encarnacion is not off to a great start to the season and at 35 has clearly lost a step, but the power is still very much in place. Encarnacion drive in six runs with the three HR’s and now has 9 HR’s and 16 RBI for the season. Encarnacion also has a .191 batting average, 35 K’s in 118 PA’s, and just one extra base hit outside of those HR’s. The power keeps Encarnacion as a fantasy asset, but he’s on the cusp of being a liability.
5) A Healthy Tyler Anderson Dominates the Potent Chicago Cubs
Last week Tyler Anderson left a start against the Marlins after just 1.1 IP feeling shortness of breath and dizziness. He certainly looked healthy last night when he shut down the Cubs over seven innings of work. Anderson allowed two runs on three hits, walking one and striking out nine. Anderson has now dominated the Cubs in two of his last three starts and has his ERA down to 3.78 with 37 K’s in 33.1 IP. Anderson’s walks are still a problem, but a lot of those have some in two starts, and he has just four walks in his last 14.1 IP. In 12 team leagues Anderson has to be considered a viable fantasy option.
6) Nick Hundley Makes the Most of his Starting Opportunity
With Buster Posey taking a seat on the bench yesterday Nick Hundley got the start, was placed in the cleanup position and took care of business. Hundley went 4 – 5 with 4 R, 1 HR and 3 RBI, also getting two doubles. Hundley is pretty well entrenched in a backup catching role with only an injury to Posey that could possibly give him more playing time. Posey does take breaks from catching to play first base which gives Hundley enough AB’s that he holds some value in two catcher formats with his power.
7) Is Sean Newcomb Ownable in All Formats Now?
The Atlanta Braves have a list of young talent to be excited about, and Sean Newcomb should be right up there near the top of that list. Newcomb has been solid this season, and was dominant yesterday. Newcomb threw seven scoreless innings in which he allowed only two hits and a walk, striking out eight batters. Newcomb has seven strikeouts or more in four of his last five starts, going six innings or more in four of those five starts. Newcomb has some top level strikeout upside and I do believe should be rostered in all formats.
8) Luis Severino Throws a Complete Game Shutout Against the Astros
The Houston Astros have one of the best offenses in all of baseball, but they were no match for Luis Severino last night. The Yankees 24 year old ace threw a complete game shutout, allowing just five hits and a walk, and hitting double digit strikeouts for the first time this season with 10. Severino has not only been the Yankees best pitcher, but one of the best in all of the American League. Severino now has a 2.11 ERA, five wins, five quality starts and 52 K’s in 47 IP, walking just 12 batters. Severino has just four ER in his last 29 IP and is crossing into the upper tier of fantasy starters.
9) The Yankees Get a Power Boost from Giancarlo Stanton
The Yankees can’t complain much about how their season is going, but Giancarlo Stanton hasn’t put up the numbers they expect so far. Stanton was 3 – 4 last night with a pair of HR’s and 4 RBI. This now gives Stanton seven HR’s and 19 RBI on the season, but also has 47 K’s in 133 PA’s. Fantasy owners shouldn’t worry about Stanton here, he’s going to be fine and he’s going to rack up the HR’s, even with the K’s.
10) James Paxton Racks Up the Strikeouts Against the A’s
There may be no better pure strikeout pitcher in all of baseball than James Paxton. For the third time this season, Paxton hit double digits in strikeouts last night with a season best, 16. The final line for Paxton was 7 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 1 BB and the 16 K. The bullpen for the Mariners ended up blowing the game, but that doesn’t diminish what Paxton did. The Mariners starter now has 60 K’s in 38.2 IP which is good for a 14.0 K/9 rate. Paxton is going to have some bad outings, which explains his 4.19 ERA, but he’s getting more consistent with four quality starts in his last five outings, and the strikeouts more than make up for the occasional blow up game.
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